In striking contrast to the myriad stories of successful athletes whose parents lived apart from them, who pushed them relentlessly, and who lived through them-and many of these biographies have sad endings-Sanders tells a very 134
different tale. Her parents supported her beyond what could be expected. They routinely got up at 5 a.m. to swim with her. They traveled across the country to attend her swim meets and competitions. But they never pushed her; neither did they set their sights on the gold.